O-KAY, I happen to "drop by" the gen. discussion section, and what do I find? A big ole fish ready for me to real it in! Not shellfish, of course...don't want to offend Otis or anything!
I have to keep this short because I'm preparing to preside over a funeral service tomorrow (someone who died of cancer--of course, what else?). I will, however, provide you a few "tidbits" to get the mind racing before I come back with a complete answer next week.
Let me state for the record and without reservation that I am NOT a "Creationist" or "Intelligent Design" supporter, and I am not an apologist for these people. In fact, I think that evolution in some form or fashion is most likely a reality. But I doubt that it is as "complete" as some people and/or scientists make it out to be. At the same time (and in answer to Whitmer's inquiry) I don't believe the Bible teaches that the world is flat, was created in six 24-hour days, or is only 6000 years old.
I suspect that reality lies somewhere beneath the two theories, and that both are necessary. I would even argue that Biblical creation and evolution "need" one another.
Now, I could go on for days about this, but I'm short on time, so let me summarize as best I can. Biblical Creation, without some notion of progress of the world that God created, basically makes God a simpleton. It takes away any notion of human responsibility for their actions, and it narrows God down to a box where we can figure "Him" out. I personally do not want a God that I can figure out, that is so close to my "level." I want (and believe) God to be much bigger than me, and much more advanced beyond my ability to figure "Him" out (I'm not saying God is a male, just using "Him" for point of reference). God tells me in the Bible what I need to know. That's why it doesn't say how long it took for creation to happen, how old the world is, etc., because I don't need that information to have a strong faith in God. The Bible says that God knows how many hairs are on my head, but He doesn't share that with me because I don't need to know.
If we don't need the information, then why are Christians spending so much time, energy, and money to figure it out? I have no explanation for this.
As for evolution, the theory itself has "evolved" quite a bit from Darwin's original work. It has sometimes evolved to areas that we do not need for it to go. Without some idea of a Divine Creator behind these events, it is far too easy to drift into Social Darwinism and irresponsibility for taking care of the world we have. Christians have their own problems with this, but that's a sermon for another day.
If we assume that everything is simply "survival of the fittest," then why worry about the environment? Why concern ourselves with the "have-nots" of the world? These are attitudes that are directly in opposition to the commands of Christ, and they are where full-blown evolutionary theory can easily take us.
I also have to remember that much in science has changed over the centuries. What is good for you today will kill you tomorrow, what is "truth" now may be falsehood in just a few years. To assume that science is the search for absolute truth is a myth, because scientific truth changes as we learn more and more about the world. While I have no doubt that many aspects of evolution are true, I think it is always a mistake to define science as "truthful" and religion as merely "myth."
Well, that is merely a STARTER for my thoughts on the matter (as if anyone's interested anyway). But, the bottom line is that truth often lies somewhere in the middle of the polar opposites. I think the world is a product of Divine Creation that began a process of evolution.
But, if I was forced to pick a side, I'd prolly go with the 63%.